Australia’s financial watchdog says $1.8 billion were transferred from Rome to Australia over seven years, but a senior Vatican official insists the See does not have that kind of money to make such transfers.
Christmas festivities have begun, with hundreds of millions across the world celebrating a pared-down version of a holiday typically marked by travel and large gatherings.
The spiritual leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics was invited by King Mohammed VI for the sake of “interreligious dialogue”, according to Moroccan authorities.
The mandatory reporting provision marks the first time the Vatican has put into law requirements for Catholic officials to report allegations of sex crimes to police or face fines and possible jail time.
Pope Francis condemns all violence committed in God's name, seeks end to the war in Yemen, where the UAE plays a key role, during the first visit by a pope to the Arabian Peninsula.
The deal gives the Holy See a decisive role in the appointment of all bishops in the country. The Vatican said Pope Francis recognised the legitimacy of the seven remaining state-appointed Chinese bishops.
The two leaders had a closed-door meeting at the Apostol Palace's Library Hall, which lasted for an hour.
Pope Francis celebrated a Mass marking the Roman Catholic Church's first yearly World Day of the Poor, which the pope established to draw the attention of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to the neediest.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta has been declared a saint by Pope Francis at a canonisation ceremony in the Vatican 19 years after her death.
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